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DL Bates feeling at home as new Bulldog
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Leader photo by T. SCOTT BOATRIGHT Houston Bates (94), a fifth-year season transfer from the University of Illinois, has impressed Louisiana Tech coaches with the way he’s quickly made himself an important player in the Bulldogs’ defense.

Fifth-year senior Houston Bates, a transfer who graduated from the University of Illinois in May, has already made a home for himself as a big part of Louisiana Tech’s defense.
That’s only fitting for the Covington native, who has returned home to Louisiana to close out his college career.

Bates and Louisiana Tech are no strangers— the Fighting Illini played Tech when Bates was a sophomore, but he didn’t play due to an ankle injury.

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